Hope you all had a lovely Christmas with your families and loved ones!
We have had back-to-back parties, dinners, BBQs, lunches and outings leading up to Christmas. Surprisingly, it hasn’t been very stressful at all. It’s been very chilled, manageable and very enjoyable to catch up with everyone.
Once again, we hosted dinner on Christmas Eve with my side of the family. I managed to delegate lots of dishes, so in the end I only had to make three things, including the ham.
It looked great in the end!
Funny story, I had to look up my Christmas blog post from last year to make sure that I decorated my ham differently haha!
I did go a bit fancy this year, with white tablecloths, candles and a formal table setting – no plastic plates here! And although it looked really lovely, I don’t think I’ll do that again, as I prefer a more casual, relaxed vibe, where people can move around and sit with other people to talk throughout the evening.
For Christmas Day we usually wake up at a normal time, eat a hot breakfast of leftover ham, eggs and toast, then go for a walk if the weather is nice. Then we invite a few grandparents over and sit around the Christmas tree to open presents.
This year was the same. Except that this time, I felt that the kids were a little bit disappointed, because they didn’t receive brand new devices, phones or tablets or anything of that sort. Maybe they are a bit older now and were expecting more?
They had been begging me for new devices for months, to which I had said, “Absolutely not!”. And I think they believed that I would surprise them just because it’s Christmas?! Nope.
I don’t really believe in buying my kids brand new devices, just because they simply want a new one or want to own the latest version. They can just live with their old, secondhand items with cracked screens.
Anyway, they were still pretty grateful for the gifts they received, and they did thank us happily.
In the late afternoon, we celebrated with my husband’s side of the family. Kids had a blast in the pool. We all ate lots of Christmas food and desserts.
Then we are off to a few more pool parties and BBQs by the river before the year is over.
I love this time of year!